On The Ropes, Park Theatre

On The Ropes Tickets

Park Theatre, London

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Pulsating with the rhythmic energies of blues, reggae and boxing

Park Theatre and The Production Exchange present the world premiere of On the Ropes – an uplifting musical drama telling one man’s struggle for justice.

On the Ropes richly fuses music, poetry and the duck and weave of the boxing ring into a contemporary drama, that is ultimately a celebration of how courage, dignity and a fighting spirit can triumph over prejudice and injustice. 

On The Ropes runs from 6 January 2023 until 4 February 2023 at Park Theatre, London.

What is On The Ropes about?

Pulsating with the rhythmic energies of blues, reggae and boxing, On the Ropes is an uplifting musical drama telling the extraordinary story of Vernon Vanriel who arrived in the UK aged 6 with his family as part of the Windrush Generation, and rose to prominence as one of the most charismatic and influential Black British boxers of the 70s and 80s.  

In 2005, having lived in North London for 43 years, Vernon found himself trapped in Jamaica; homeless, penniless and denied access to medical care for a heart condition. What followed was a bare-knuckle fight for his right to citizenship with the British Home Office. 

Who’s in the cast of On The Ropes?

Casting for On The Ropes is to be announced.

Creative team

On The Ropes is written by Vernon Vanriel and Dougie Blaxland and is directed by Anastasia Osei-Kuffour. Further creatives to be announced.

Show Information

Running time
To be confirmed
Performance dates
6 January 2023 - 4 February 2023

Venue Information

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Nearest Tube or Train: Finsbury Park (National Rail, Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line)
Nearest Buses: 210, W3, W10, 4, 29, 153, 253, 254, 259, N23, N253, N279
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